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See also Jensen KB VI 1 100 ff. For a discussion of all the fragments, see Jastrow JAOS 30, 101 ff. II ANCIENT FRAGMENT OF THE ETANA LEGEND 35 birth," that fertility might be restored. The god told him to seek the hole in the mountain into which the Eagle had been thrown, and there the plant would be shown him. Upon his arrival at the hole the Eagle appealed to Etana for help, promising in return to fly with him to the dwelling of the gods, probably with the idea of obtaining immortality. Etana mounted upon the back of the Eagle, and together they reached the heaven of Anu.

This word, strange to say, has also been regarded as an Elamitic loan-word, but on the basis of the reduplication of the final consonant. 21 More recently there was discovered in the Yale tablet of the old Babylonian version of the Gilgamesh Epic, that the familiar name Humbaba, or Hubaba, is written exactly the same, namely IHu-PI-PI. Since the sign PI has also the value wa, and wa and ba in this period interchange, the correct reading of the word in the omen texts, and of the personal name, was not iHu-pi-pi, but it was Hu-wa-wa; and this reproduced the pronunciation of Hu-b-ba-ba.

It is probable that a redactor did not understand the word, for he changed the thought in his paraphrase, and used a word similar in appearance, eli rigmesina ittadir "concerning their clamor he was troubled. " A, 5. dEn-lit is probably to be restored (see note under B, 111:4). It is to be regretted that one of the three passages (see also B, 111:37) does not preserve the name intact. A, 6. )-li ra-bu-tim are replaced in the late redaction by ana ildni mdre-su "to the gods, his children" (see B, 111:5).

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